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Shining a Light on Dementia Awareness

AGE UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W) are gearing up for the ‘Worcestershire Dementia Festival’, scheduled to run from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May. This festival, in collaboration with ‘The Hive’ library in Worcester, aims to educate, raise awareness, and reduce the stigma associated with dementia.

A key feature of the festival is an art exhibition titled ‘See the Person, not the Dementia’. This powerful display, created by Age UK H&W clients and staff, seeks to dispel any stigma that may arise following a dementia diagnosis.

Renowned figures like Dr. Chris Russell, Karen Gray, and Jane Twigg, authors of ‘Leisure and Everyday Life with Dementia’, will speak alongside individuals with lived experiences of dementia during a ‘behind the cover’ Q&A session. The week will also include a visit to Spetchley Gardens and informational sessions on Age UK H&W support, with advice for carers from Admiral nurses and the Worcestershire Association of Carers.

One of the primary objectives of the week is to not only raise dementia awareness in the local communities but also shed light on the broader impact a dementia diagnosis has on the person’s family and friends.

Kelly Reeves, the charity’s Dementia Services Manager, emphasized the significance of the upcoming festival, highlighting the opportunity to showcase the unique experiences of those living with dementia and provide insights into available support for individuals and their families. Reeves encouraged everyone to participate in promoting awareness, understanding, and inclusivity within the community.

For those interested in attending the events or learning more, visit The Hive website to secure a spot. The festival theme will carry over to Age UK H&W’s dementia Meeting Centres and Cafés, offering taster sessions for those looking to get involved.

To explore further details, visit Age UK H&W’s website at www.ageukhw.org.uk. Join in promoting dementia awareness and supporting those affected by this condition.

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